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Everyone, including me, is feeling the bite of the recession and looking for ways to save money. This page includes tips on how to save money by cutting grocery bills as well as an introduction into frugal cooking, on how to make the best of what you buy. I've concentrated on tips on how to be frugal shopper, (some call it shopping consciously - see below), how to cut your grocery bills and how to make the most of what you buy. You will also see some of my favorite budget but wholesome healthy vegetarian recipes and tips on cooking for one person. These can easily be adapted if you are a meat eater. Further down the page I have written on how to shop consciously and included some tips on how to cut your grocery bill whether you are shopping for one or for a family. I live alone so I have included some tips for singles that are equally valid for couples. Images: this one and all the images used on this page are by the author of the page AnnMackieMiller.
When you live alone it can be a challenge to consistently produce healthy, economic, meals. After all, it may seem like a lot of work to cook a meal for only yourself. Add to that, the fact that every where you look, everything is sold in super or extra super size, it can feel much easier to just a buy a ready meal and be done with it. There are a number of reasons that isn't a good idea, the least of which is the cost. For the same amount of money, you could produce several meals, that are much healthier. The same meal, costing less, with absolutely no artificial colouring, additives or preservatives? I know which I choose. 1. Plan ahead: know what meals you are catering for and make a list for shopping. We in the West have become wasters - we throw away perfectly good food because we have not thought ahead.
A lot of waste comes from buying too much "just in case". Avoid that by having a fair idea of what you are looking for before you even get as far as the supermarket. 2. Check use-by dates so nothing is going to go off before you use it. If you are not going to use it immediately consider cooking it up and freezing the meals in portion sizes. Also remember the use by dates are a guideline, some things will be perfectly fine even a few days out of date. These are often discounted in stores so look out for them. 3. Only buy what you can safely store. Know exactly what you can get in your fridge and freezer before you go shopping. 4. Cook ahead as much as you can. You can save a lot of money by taking advantage of bulk buy offers. 5. Buy things you eat!
6. Unless it is the bargain of the week, buy vegetables and fruit in loose quantities. Buy the quantities that you will use. Loose produce is cheaper per pound, you can pick the best ones there and you can buy only as many as you need. 7. Buy those fruits and vegetables that don't look the shiniest. Quite often supermarkets discount produce that is less than perfect in shape or form, or is beginning to fade. Be prepared to make soups from vegetables that are passed their best. Fruit whose skin is beginning to wrinkle can be peeled and stewed with a little water and sugar to make a fruit compote to go over ice cream or morning cereal. 8. Check out the discounted shelf in the food sections. You will find goods about to go out of date, with a little organisation you can have them cooked up into something and frozen before they do. Ask your local supermarket what time they put out the discounted items - most often it is around 4pm so you can time your visit around that. 9. Check prices in other stores.